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Certified Addiction Counselor Course Information

Thank you for your interest in meeting the education requirements to become a Certified Addiction Counselor. You have made a decision to pursue one of the highest designations in the addictions field. With this designation, your prospects of finding the right job in the addictions field will increase dramatically. With the training you receive at The Academy for Addiction Professionals, you’ll be well prepared for the Florida Certification Board’s exam. Below, you’ll find more information on the educational requirements to become a CAC.

Certified Addiction Counselor standards for certification

Category: Requirement:
Degree: High School Diploma/GED, Associate/Vocational Degree, or higher
Work Experience: High School Diploma / GED:
6,000 hours of direct experience in addictions fieldAssociates/Vocational Degree or Higher:
4,000 hours of direct experience in addictions field
Supervision: High School Diploma / GED: 300 hours of direct supervision. A minimum of 16 hours must be documented in each of the professional practice dimensions.
Associates/Vocational Degree or Higher: 
150 hours of direct supervision. A minimum of 8 hours must be documented in each of the professional practice dimensions.
Training: 250 hours of training. At least 130 hours must be allocated, as specified, among each of the professional practice dimensions:

  • Clinical Evaluation – 25 hours
  • Treatment Planning – 15 hours
  • Case Management & Referral – 10 hours
  • Counseling – 30 hours
  • Client, Family, and Community Education – 10 hours
  • Documentation – 10 hours
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibilities – 30 hours

At least 120 hours must be allocated, as specified, in the following transdisciplinary foundations:

  • Understanding Addiction/Treatment Knowledge – 60 hours
  • Application to Practice/Professional Readiness – 60 hours

At least 6 hours must be allocated in the following topic areas:

  • HIV/AIDS – 4 hours
  • Domestic Violence – 2 hours
Criminal Background: Must have a clean criminal history for a minimum of 3 years prior to application for certification, including release from all sanctions.
Recommendations: 3 professional letters of recommendation for certification.
Code of Ethics: Applicants must attest that they are bound by and will follow the FCB Code of Ethics in their professional practice.
Written Test: Must earn a passing score on the Florida Specific Exam**If reciprocity is desired, must earn passing score on the International Exam**To see the exam requirements, click the following link: addiction exam.
Renewal: 20 CEUs each year on June 30th


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The Academy for Addiction Professionals is a leading addiction professional training center and an approved education provider for both the Florida Certification Board (FCB) and NAADAC. We offer interactive in-class (2 South Florida locations) and online training courses for the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC), Certified Behavioral Health Technician (CBHT) and Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) levels of certification as well as Continuing Education and Professional Development programs.